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MSD Shooting Viral Parkland Survivor Tweets

Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has a growing Twitter following. In fact, her follower count is surging so quickly that the student gun-control activist now has more followers than the NRA—and that’s after posting the first update from her Emma4Change account just over a week ago, on February 19. At the time of writing, the NRA’s official account had 593,000 followers, while Gonzalez had 1.06 million.

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Gonzalez has used Twitter as a key communication tool, as have fellow survivors including Cameron Kasky, Sarah Chadwick, and David Hogg; they’ve swiftly harnessed the social platform’s immediacy, versatility, and wide reach to share their experiences after the horrific shooting, which claimed 17 lives.

It’s a successful ongoing example of how to use the platform, and flies in the face of generalizations and snarkiness about teens and social media. Many of their tweets have gone viral; these young activists have used Twitter to memorialize the victims and the heroic actions of some who lost their lives, organize March For Our Lives, challenge the president, lobby for gun control measures, call out racial bias in the media, document themselves doing normal teen things (like pull pranks on their friends and make pop culture references), put politicians on blast, amplify their fellow activists’ messages, get aides fired for spreading misinformation, acknowledge large financial contributions to their cause (sometimes hilariously), engage constructively with criticism, respond to inflammatory statements by right-wing commentators and trolls, and build a community—not just in Parkland, but nationally and internationally, too.

Reading these teens on Twitter has so far been a sheer masterclass in how to make change happen. (And if you need a guide for how to do just that, here you go.) The tweets are satisfying, raw, responsive, and pointed; it’s no surprise they’ve made an impact, and it’s to be hoped the extraordinary activists who wrote them will continue to do so. Here are some of the most memorable, far-reaching tweets from the MSD students.

Emma Gonzalez

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Sarah Chadwick

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Cameron Kasky

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David Hogg

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Delaney Tarr

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Jaclyn Corin

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